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OEM vs Aftermarket Glass—What You Need to Know

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There’s more to your automobile’s windshield than meets the eye. This fact is significant when it comes to repairing or replacing the glass. Specifically, you have glass options to choose from, and picking the right one could matter.

For example, there are OEM glass and aftermarket glass. Let’s take a look at each.

Facts about OEM Glass

If you choose to go with OEM glass, here’s what you should know: Your windshield will be replaced with an identical windshield made by the car manufacturer.

When it’s time for an automobile to go into production, automakers request bids from glass manufacturers. The manufacturer with the lowest bid is given the job and then tasked with making the windshield, as well as licensed to stamp the glass with the automaker’s name and logo. This tells consumers that they have original equipment manufactured auto glass. Plus, the manufacturers of the glass are the only ones who make glass to the exact specifications of the auto company.

However, almost every auto glass maker produces aftermarket windshields—whether or not they have provided the OEM glass.

Facts about Aftermarket Glass

There are two different kinds of aftermarket glass: OEE, or original equipment equivalent, and a more generic type of windshield suitable for several styles of cars. OEE windshields are made by both the OEM and other reputable glass manufacturers, such as those who lost the original bid from the automakers.

OEE windshields are produced by glass makers who reverse engineer the windshields they lose bids on, which costs them millions of dollars in both research and development. The same raw materials, designers, and engineers used to make OEM windshields are involved in OEM glass.

Understanding the Difference

Simply put, there isn’t much difference between OEM and OEE windshields, as all auto glass is subject to government regulations and standards. In many cases, the only way to know which type of glass is used is to search for the imprint of the automaker’s name and logo.

Your particular type of vehicle will dictate your windshield replacement. For example, if your car is high-tech, offering auto-dimming headlights, forward collision warning, and heating elements, then you will most likely want an OEM replacement.

Some insurance companies will pay for OEM replacements, while others will not.

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